porters grange weekly newsletter week ending 15th february 2024

Please remember the school is closed to all pupils tomorrow Friday 16th February and all next week and we return Monday 26th February.


This week we have been very busy. We have enjoyed reading ‘Hooray for fish’ and talked about how we are all different but all very special. We made our own sea creatures which are fantastic. We also celebrated Valentine's Day and talked about all the people we love and care about.

REMINDERS: Have a wonderful, safe and healthy half term.


We have had an extremely busy week learning about different celebrations and festivals. This year is the Chinese ‘Year of The Dragon' and we learnt about ‘The Great Race’ which gave each year a different name. We found out why we eat pancakes on pancake day and made our own banana pancakes. We also looked at ‘Valentine's Day’ and spoke about people that we love and who are special to us.

REMINDER:Don’t forget to access Seesaw. We have uploaded the new sounds we have been learning, allowing you to support your children at home.

Year 1

This week we have discussed our new text called ‘Beegu’. She is a funny little alien and gets lost on the Earth! The children have learned to draw Beegu and labelled her using adjectives to develop descriptive writing. In maths, the children are developing their skills with numbers to 20, looking at fact families and the differences between amounts using specific language. For PSHE and R.E. the children have been learning about The Good Samaritan which has led to discussions about supporting homeless people. They have been really interested in learning about our local charity called H.A.R.P and what they do to help people.

REMINDER: Please engage with our app SeeSaw to complete home learning activities. There is a wide variety of things to do and they don’t necessarily have to be completed in order. Your child can take their pick of which activity to do! We look forward to your responses.

Also, please make a note of when your child reads at home in their reading record.

Finally, please check all of your child’s jumpers and cardigans. Some have been taken by the wrong children. If you find a jumper or cardigan that is not your child’s, return them to school as soon as possible. Thank you.

Year 2

This week we have been continuing to learn about Samuel Pepys and The Great Fire of London. We learnt about his diary and the things he did during the fire. We wrote our own questions for Samuel Pepys and some of us took the role of Samuel Pepys to answer the questions we wrote. We then used all our skills to write our own diaries. In maths we have been continuing to learn multiplication and division skills, counting in equal groups, sharing equally and counting in twos. We have also learnt about arrays. In science we learnt about humans and animals basic needs and the difference between the things we want and the things we need to survive. In history we have written Super Summary Sentences to show all our learning about The Great Fire of London.

REMINDER: Please read every night and sign reading diaries. Children need to have a PE kit in school. This should be blue shorts, a white t-shirt and plimsolls or trainers. If you have any problems providing this, please speak to your child’s teacher.

Year 3

This week in maths we have been continuing to explore measurement. We are now looking at perimeter. We will be investigating the perimeter of real life objects, then calculating the perimeter of 2D shapes. In English we are building up to create our own non-fiction reports. We have been note taking and then using these notes to create full and informative sentences.

Year 4

In maths, we have started learning about length and measurement. We have been working out the perimeter of rectangles and other shapes. In English, we have used our history knowledge to write great information texts about ancient Maya civilisation. In computing, we edited images to make our own book covers and we have been carrying out investigations in science.

REMINDER:Please carry on learning your times tables. Play TT Rockstars or try other online games, eg, Hit the Button - Quick fire maths practise for 6-11 year olds (topmarks.co.uk)

Letters sent home this week

Year 5

This week year 5 have been learning how to talk about what careers they might do in French. They have been saying what is in the classroom as a fun add on speaking game. We also went on a litter collecting trip to the beach. It was great to help our local community and to develop our sense of civic duty.

Letters sent home this week

Year 6

This week in maths we have moved onto our new unit of fractions, decimals and percentages. We have had great fun in art, creating stop motion animations of the Greek myth ‘Pandora’s Box’. In history, we have learned about how the Greeks created the alphabet. In PSHE, we have learned about what is feels like to belong and how we can help others feel that way.


This week year two enjoyed learning about objects in the classroom with some chain speaking activities; year five had fun speaking about possible future careers and learning vocabulary and structures for this.


Music Clubs

  • Tuesday 12.00: Band
  • Tuesday 12.45: Year 2 Music Club
  • Tuesday 3.30: Music Making for Year 1 and 2
  • Wednesday 12.45: Choir for Years 3-6
  • Thursday 3.30: Choir for Years 3 - 6

Instrumental Lessons

We do have a few vacancies, please contact Mrs Baines if your child would like to learn an instrument.

  • Tuesday am: Drums (Mr Fletcher)
  • Tuesday am: Guitar (Mr Brown)
  • Wednesday am: Keyboard (Mr Hockey)
  • Wednesday am: Guitar (Mr Elliot)

Future Events

  • 15th March Southend Makes Music – KS2 Choir
  • 19th March Infant Music Festival - 1pm (those involved have been notified by letter)
  • 13th June Junior Music Fesitval - KS2 Choir

The School Council taste test the new school menu

The School Council at Porters Grange Primary School were able to sample the new menu on offer from our in house chef David and his team from Pabulum. They were very impressed with the quality and variety of the food and will be feeding this back to the rest of the school. The school is very lucky to have such a wonderful catering team who provide the children and staff with freshly made meals every day. They have a three week cycle of menu choices, providing the children with a great range of options. It is no surprise that so many of the children have school dinners!

Online Safety

Whilst Instagram has an age rating for 13+ pupils will be aware of it from the general media and older siblings. The recent video distributed to those who signed up through National Online Safety has further important information on age ratings. If you haven’t had chance to watch the 5 minute video please do.

Instagram is one of the most popular social media platforms in the world, with over 1 billion users worldwide. The platform allows users to upload images and videos to their feed, create interactive ‘stories’, share live videos, exchange private messages or search, explore and follow other accounts they like – whilst at the same time continuously updating and adding new features to meet the needs of its users.

In the guides, you'll find tips on a number of potential risks such as addiction, unrealistic ideals and the influencer culture.

Second Hand Uniform Shop

Our Uniform shop is located within the front reception area of the school and is open Monday-Friday 8.15am - 4.00pm. All items are 50p each. We always have a good selection of skirts, trousers, jumpers, tops, dresses and P.E items. Please ask at the office to point you in the right direction.

School Uniform Donations

We welcome school uniform donations for us to sell at our school uniform shop. Could we please ask that the clothes are in good, clean condition. All items can be dropped off at the school office between 8.15am - 4.00pm. Thank you so much for doing this for the school as it helps our parents out tremendously.



Well Done, goes to Porpoise Class for achieving the highest attendance this week, with an above target percentage. ‘Hall of Fame’ was played as each class left assembly on Monday. Congratulations also goes to Shell and Stingray classes who had the highest attendance, in their key stage groups.

This week we had 332 children who had 100% attendance, slight drop from last week but still worthy of a well done to all those children. Keep it up, the more children that are in every day, and on time the better their learning, the more progress they will make.

Aim to attend school 100% of every week.

Registration Certificates

At the beginning of next ½ term we will be at a half way mark in the year which is a good point to share your child’s registration certificate. This document outlines your child’s current attendance figure as well as what percentage of absence they have had.

Our attendance target for all children in the school is a minimum of 96%. We proud to share that there are 49 children that have managed to sustain a 100% attendance rate to date, alongside 136 who have an attendance rate between 96 -99%. That means there are around 279 children whose attendance is 95% or less. We are already supporting a number of families giving advice on how attendance can be improved

Once you receive your child’s registration certificate, if you have any questions about your child’s attendance, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Wyer or Mrs D Morris from our attendance team on 01702 468047 and select option 1 for the attendance line.

Being here Is half the Battle.

Contact us

If you would like any support or advice on attendance or punctuality, please do not hesitate to contact us. Mrs S. Wyer, Attendance Administrator or Mrs D Morris Assistant Principal and Senior Leader for Attendance attendance@pgps.porticoacademytrust.co.uk

Attend every day! Achieve tomorrow

Dinner Menu

Week 3

Monday - Chicken & Sweetcorn Meatballs with Tomato Sauce & Penne - Vegan Roasted Ratatouille with Penne - Baked Jacket with Grated Cheese - Carrots & Broccoli - Orange Shortbread Biscuit

Tuesday - Fajita Spiced Turkey & Vegetables with Steamed Rice - Vegan Burrito - Pasta & Tomato - Sweetcorn & Peas - Carrot Cake

Wednesday- Herby Roast Chicken with Roast Potatoes & Gravy - 3 Vegetable Mac n’ Cheese - Baked Jacket with Baked Beans - Seasonal Greens & Broccoli - Chocolate & Beetroot Brownie

Thursday - Macaroni & Cheese Bolognaise Bake - Vegan Chickpea & Spinach Korma with Steamed Rice - Pasta & Tomato Sauce - Cauliflower & Carrots - Vanilla Ice Cream

Friday - Breaded Fish Fingers with Chips & Ketchup - Vegan Bubble & Squeak with Chips & Ketchup - Baked Jacket with Grated Cheese - Peas & Baked Beans - Apple & Parsnip Cake

Diary Dates


  • Friday 16th - Inset Day
  • Monday 19th - Friday 23rd - Half Term
  • Monday 26th February - Return to school


  • Monday 18th - Friday 22nd - Book Fair
  • Tuesday 19th - Infant Music Festival
  • Wednesday 20th - Parents Evening
  • Friday 29th - GOOD FRIDAY - School closed


  • Monday 1st - EASTER MONDAY - School closed
  • Tuesday 2nd - Friday 12th - EASTER HOLIDAYS
  • Wednesday 24th & Thursday 25th - Y3 & Y4 Performance


  • Monday 6th - BANK HOLIDAY - School Closed
  • Monday 13th - Thursday 16th - KS2 SATS week
  • Monday 20th - Making the Band Day Y5/6
  • Monday 27th - BANK HOLIDAY - School Closed
  • Tuesday 28th - Friday 31st - May Half Term


  • Monday 3rd - INSET DAY
  • Monday 10th - Friday 14th - Phonics Screening Test Week
  • Monday 24th - Wednesday 26th - Swimming Lessons at West Leigh Junior School


  • Friday 5th - Year 6 Transition Day
  • Monday 8th - Wednesday 10th - Art and D&T Festival
  • Tuesday 9th July - Open Evening
  • Wednesday 10th - Friday 12th - Danbury Residential trip
  • Friday 19th - Last Day of Term